Lord of the Flies
Imagine being stranded on an island with no help from adults. All you have left to rely on is the people stranded with you to keep you alive. You have little food and water and no shelter. You have no way of contacting the world except through a signal fire. Do you trust your friends or save yourself? William Golding presents these hardships through his novel Lord of the Flies.The story begins with a group of English school boys try to escape World War 2, but the ship is shot down and they are all stranded on an island. Groups are set out to hunt pigs, create shelter, and keep a steady fire until the are rescued. Through the third person omniscient story, we learn that there is hatred and jealousy over leadership. Often times there is conflict between the adolescent children, and this causes the group to divide and ultimately stay stranded on the island for a longer period of time. There is also internal conflict over the though of a beast being on the island.
As one of the main characters in the story, I would describe Jack as ambitious. To begin, when the group chooses Ralph as the leader, Jack is jealous and constantly tries to break his group off to gain leadership. Ralph tries to remain friends with Jack, but Jack's ambitions cause him to lose Ralph's friendship and cause a division among the group. Next, Jack has a hard time hunting a pig for the first time. His ambitions lead him to creating a face paint that makes it easier to blend in and catch a pig. Last, Jack gets most of his followers to try to hunt and kill Ralph. Jack eventually finds Ralph and is going to kill him, but he is saved by a naval officer.
The most exciting part of the novel is when Jack and Ralph battle. Ralph's group comes to try to make peace with Jack's group. Two of Ralph's members are caught and going to be killed. Piggy comes with the conch during the middle of the fight and asks whether it is right or wrong to be arguing and battling. A rock falls...